This book, by one of the most invative and challenging contemporary thinkers, consists of an extensive essay from which the book takes its title and five shorter essays that are internally related to Being Singular Plural. One of the strongest strands in Nancy's philosophy is his attempt to rethink community and the very idea of the social in a way that does t ground these ideas in some individual subject or subjectivity. The fundamental argument of the book is that being is always being with, that I is t prior to we, that existence is essentially co-existence. Nancy thinks of this being-with t as a comfortable enclosure in a pre-existing group, but as a mutual abandonment and exposure to each other, one that would preserve the I and its freedom in a mode of imagining community as neither a society of spectacle r via some form of authenticity.
Jean-Luc Nancy is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Strasbourg. Among his many books are The Muses (Stanford, 1996), The Birth to Presence (Stanford, 1993), and The Experience of Freedom (Stanford, 1993).